Wilson's Plover, Charadrius wilsonia


Wilson's Plover
The Wilson's Plover is found in coastal habitat on the south-eastern and southern edges of the US mainland. Its most conspicuous identifying feature is the very large and all-black bill, where the bills of the most similar plovers are smaller and mostly two-toned. The flesh-colored to dull pink legs are distinguishable from other plovers' legs, which are either dark or bright orange. The bird shown above and the one in the two pictures below are both females, with brown breast-bands where those of males would be black in late March, at which time molt to breeding plumage would normally be complete.


Wilson's Plover


Wilson's Plover